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What A Day cuts through all the chaos and clickbait to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 15 minutes. Comedian Akilah Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick break down the biggest news of the day, share important stories you may have missed, and show you what “Fox & Friends” would sound like if it were hosted by two people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.

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Jury selection begins next week for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck and killed him last summer. We spoke to Jamiles Lartey, staff writer at The Marshall Project, about Chauvin’s history of using excessive force and how that could play into the trial. And in headlines: the House passes a bill to fight voter suppression and protect democracy, President Biden agrees to narrow the income limits of people eligible to get a COVID relief check, and Amazon changes its new logo to make it look less like Hitler. Show Links: “That Could Have Been Me”: The People Derek Chauvin Choked Before George Floyd https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/02/02/that-could-have-been-me-the-people-derek-chauvin-choked-before-george-floyd Follow Jamiles Lartey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jamiles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
It's Gonna Be May

It's Gonna Be May

2021-03-0319:123

Biden is now saying that we'll have enough vaccine doses for every American by the end of May, instead of July. Meanwhile, states like Texas and Mississippi lifting their mask requirements and relaxing restrictions -- something that public health officials have warned against. FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to congress yesterday, defending his agency’s handling of intelligence in advance of the January 6th attack on the Capitol. There’s another big hearing today, with a witness list that includes officials from the FBI, the National Guard, DHS, and more. And in headlines: 300 girls who were abducted in Nigeria were released, Jackson Mississippi still doesn’t have water, and six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The coronavirus relief bill moves to the Senate this week. A group of progressive House Democrats are continuing to push for a minimum wage increase in the bill. Meanwhile, Senator Warren and other Democrats introduced a wealth tax proposal aimed at addressing economic inequality. We talk to Representative Pramila Jayapal about why she's pushing for it now. Protests in Myanmar are ongoing following the coup last month and the response from the police and military has grown increasingly violent. We review the recent history of the country, and recommend some good resources for digging in deeper.  And in headlines: President Biden meets virtually with Mexican President Lopez-Obrador, why pharma companies won’t share vaccine blueprints, and former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy is convicted of corruption. Show Links: "Is Democracy in Myanmar Dead?" https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/opinion/myanmar-protests.html Follow journalist Aye Min Thant's on the ground reporting https://twitter.com/the_ayeminthant "How a Deadly Power Game Undid Myanmar’s Democratic Hopes" https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/02/world/asia/myanmar-coup-aung-san-suu-kyi.html For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The US vaccination campaign is accelerating, with the country hitting over 2 million doses a day last Friday and Saturday. Following a plunge in new cases over the last few weeks, health experts are expressing some concern that progress may be plateauing. This week the Supreme Court is hearing a case that could determine the future of the Voting Rights Act. It comes as Republicans around the country introducing a flurry of bills to make voting harder. Democrats are pushing back, and on a federal level, they’re set to pass the For The People Act or HR1, which would end partisan gerrymandering, allow for automatic voter registration, and more.  And in headlines: Biden faces bipartisan backlash following airstrikes in Syria, Cuomo responds to a new allegation of sexual harassment, and Bella and Gigi Hadid’s dad does real estate hijinks in LA. Show Links: "The For the People Act Is Popular, Pass It Right Away" https://crooked.com/articles/for-the-people-act/ For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The House is expected to pass its COVID relief bill as soon as today, but there's still a question of what happens when the bill gets to the Senate. Yesterday the Senate parliamentarian said the minimum wage increase couldn’t pass via the budget process. We explain the ruling, the reaction and where things could go from here.  With Black History Month almost over, we spoke to Black history educators from across the country about what it means to them in 2021 and who they are celebrating this year.  And in headlines, we're joined by special guest Nicole Byer: Lady Gaga's friend shot and dogs stolen, a man implicates himself at the Capitol riots by texting his ex, and Trump's tax records are in the hands of Manhattan prosecutors. Show Links: "2020 and the Recognition of HBCU Power" https://crooked.com/articles/2020-hbcu/ "The Overlooked Role of Black Greek Organizations" https://crooked.com/articles/black-greek-organizations-harris/ Journalist Farai Chideya on building a media that’s more representative and better connected to all communities (Pod Save America) https://crooked.com/podcast/party-of-q/ Activist Alicia Garza on organizing for change under Biden (Lovett Or Leave It) https://crooked.com/podcast/teds-excellent-adventure/ Journalist and host of the Black Diplomats podcast Terrell Jermaine Starr on how domestic activism fits into American foreign policy (Pod Save The World) https://crooked.com/podcast/the-coup-in-myanmar-explained/ Comedian and commentator Baratunde Thurston on how Black and White America moves forward post Trump (Keep It) https://crooked.com/podcast/free-against-the-music-with-baratunde-thurston/ OB/GYN and women’s health advocate Dr. Heather Irobunda on racism in medicine and how she’s using Tik Tok to “empower vagina owners" https://crooked.com/podcast/whats-up-doc-with-dr-heather-irobunda/ For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Vaccinate K-8

Vaccinate K-8

2021-02-2524:026

The FDA put out analyses yesterday showing that Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine is highly effective, setting the stage for its approval as early as this weekend. The CDC put out new guidelines for safely reopening schools earlier this month, and it comes as the Biden administration has said they are working to get a majority of K-8 schools open in their first 100 days. We spoke to Washington Post education reporter Moriah Balingit about the new guidelines, the COVID risk in schools, and what it all means for teachers and parents. And in headlines: Ghana became the first country to get free COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX, an update on Tiger Woods condition following his car crash, and California beats a legal challenge to its net neutrality law. Show Links: Read more from Moriah Balingit in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/moriah-balingit/ For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Capitol Insecurity

Capitol Insecurity

2021-02-2421:284

Former Capitol security officials appeared before the Senate yesterday, citing communications failures for their inadequate response to the January 6th attack on the Capitol. The Senate also confirmed two more members of Biden’s cabinet: Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador and Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary.  Facebook has now un-banned news on its platform in Australia, after blocking it there in protest of a proposed law that would have required Facebook to pay the outlets that give the platform its content. Now, Australia has backed off, and will only require Facebook to negotiate with media partners.  And in headlines: the police officers who killed Daniel Prude will not face criminal charges, the Biden administration opened its first facility to house migrant children in Texas, and McDonald’s releases its new crispy chicken sandwich. Subscribe to What A Day on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whataday/ For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Supreme Court threw out the final Trump lawsuit challenging the results of the 2020 election, and also paved the way for Trump’s taxes to be disclosed to a New York Grand Jury. The US is behind other countries in our ability to sequence and track COVID variants, but the White House announced they would devote $200 million to expanding those efforts and there’s even more in the upcoming economic relief package. In the UK, prime Minister Boris Johnson is hoping to slowly ease out of lockdown, with a plan to reopen schools on in two weeks. And in headlines: officers in Colorado didn’t have a legal basis for frisking and restraining Elijah McClain, Virginia will become the first Southern state to end the death penalty, and a new podcast from Obama and Springsteen. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The US is approaching 500,000 deaths from Covid-19. But there is good news, too: New studies suggest that the vaccines might prevent transmission, and Biden’s goal of administering 100 million COVID vaccine shots in 100 days seems very much within reach.  The extreme weather in Texas is improving, with power back on. Now, the focus is shifting to ensuring people have food and safe water. Some Texans have also discovered that the state’s unregulated, market-driven energy system has led to them being stuck with soaring electricity bills following last weeks energy scarcity. We explain. And in headlines: organizers in Myanmar call for a general strike to protest military takeover, Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing, and the family of Malcom X brings forward new evidence in government assassination plot. Show Links: "Texas Blackouts Point to Coast-to-Coast Crises Waiting to Happen" https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/20/climate/united-states-infrastructure-storms.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage Follow Crooked Media on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crookedmedia/ Follow What A Day on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whataday/ For a transcript of this episode, please visit www.crooked/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Making Black History

Making Black History

2021-02-1924:426

Black Americans still frequently have to break barriers to become elected, appointed, or hired to do a thing. We spoke to people who have become the 'firsts’ to hold their position this past year, how they feel about it being celebrated, and the pressures that come with their new roles. Congress held its first hearing on last month’s GameStop insanity, with CEOs of trading platforms and hedge funds testifying, along with one of r/WallStreetBet’s most notable figures. Congressional Dems also put out a new immigration relief bill which includes an eight-year pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. And in headlines: Planned Parenthood sues to block anti-abortion law in South Carolina, Walmart announces raises for nearly half a million workers, and the Perseverance rover lands on Mars. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Over two million Texans are still without power, and there’s a new storm on the way that’s expected to prolong the icy conditions. Oregon, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia are among the other states dealing with fallout from the extreme weather. New York’s AG Letitia James sued Amazon this week, alleging that some of its warehouses failed to keep workers safe during the pandemic. We also spoke to an Amazon employee that works in the company's Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center about the unionization effort there, and what the company is doing to suppress it. And in headlines: Facebook blocks all news in Australia, LA’s board of education defunds school police, and millions of counterfeit N95 masks have been seized in the past few weeks. Show Links: "How you can help Texas winter storm victims" https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/us/texas-winter-storm-how-to-help-iyw-trnd/index.html "How to help and get help in Texas as the winter storm causes power outages" https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/16/texas-power-outage-help-warming-shelter/ For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Keep Austin Warm

Keep Austin Warm

2021-02-1724:308

President Biden was in Wisconsin yesterday on his first official trip since taking office making the pitch for his $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. The House is preparing to vote on the bill by the end of next week, and after that, it heads to the Senate, where we could see a fight over whether to include the $15 minimum wage increase. Extreme winter weather has debilitated Texas’s weather grid, creating a dangerous situation that left over 3 million people without power last night and has led to multiple deaths. We explain what's behind the weather and the electricity issues. And in headlines: the NAACP files a lawsuit against Trump and Giuliani for their connection to the Capitol Hill riot, George Conway says the Lincoln Project should be investigated, and Oprah will interview Harry and Meghan. Show Links: Pod Save America apple.co/podsaveamerica   https://spoti.fi/podsaveamerica   For a transcript of this episode, please visit: crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Donald Trump’s second annual impeachment trial is over, after a vote of 57 to 43 led to his acquittal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that an independent commission will be established to investigate the insurrection. Yesterday, the WHO granted emergency use authorization for the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will kick off a UN-backed program to get vaccines to developing countries. In the US, average new daily coronavirus infections fell under 100,000 for the first time since November. And in headlines: freezing temperatures lead to power outages for millions, activists undergo hunger strike in Chicago, and blowback after New York’s Health Department undercounts COVID deaths in nursing homes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
President Biden announced yesterday that the US will have enough doses to vaccinate all Americans by the end of July. We talk to Dr. Anthony Fauci about the vaccines on the way, what they’ll mean as we start to face new variants, and mask guidance in the meantime. And in headlines: House managers wrapped up their final arguments in Trump’s second impeachment trial, queer and trans Americans will be protected under the Fair Housing Act, and Jeep pulls Bruce Springsteen’s ad after reports of his November DUI. Show Links: Youtube.com/crookedmedia Instagram.com/whataday For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Second Mask's The Charm

Second Mask's The Charm

2021-02-1120:275

The House Impeachment managers began to make their case against Trump yesterday, showing graphic and never-before-seen video footage that illustrated the scale and severity of the attack on the Capitol. We talk about our key takeaways from the day. The CDC updated its information on masks, saying that double masking can greatly reduce Covid transmission. Meanwhile, the Biden administration announced its plan to organize new mass vaccination sites that are meant to serve communities of color. And in headlines: the White House imposes sanctions on the military regime in Myanmar, Britney Spears’s conservatorship case will return to courts, and the NBA finalizes its position on singing the national anthem. Show Links: "Improve How Your Mask Protects You" https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The second impeachment trial began yesterday, with Senators voting 56 to 44 to uphold the trial as constitutional and move forward. House managers presented video of the siege on the Capitol paired with Trump’s inflammatory speech to rally-goers beforehand, while Trump’s lawyers tried and failed to frame Trump’s impeachment after leaving office as a “slippery slope.” A team from the World Health Organization has been in China investigating the origins of the coronavirus and they released preliminary findings yesterday. One prominent conspiracy theory they ruled out was the idea that the virus emanated from a Chinese lab, and they also said the virus had been circulating in Wuhan before its discovery at a seafood market. And in headlines: hate crimes committed against Asian-Americans in the US is skyrocketing, the CEO of Riot Games faces a lawsuit for gender discrimination and misconduct, and the world’s first 3D printed T-bone steak. Show Links: "WATCH: Rep. Raskin presents graphic video timeline of Jan. 6 attack on U.S. Capitol" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otfPps9s8HM For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
There Goes My Hero Pay

There Goes My Hero Pay

2021-02-0921:027

Trump’s Senate impeachment trial begins today. Trump’s team continues to argue that the trial itself is unconstitutional… that’s what they’ll be debating with House managers today. Many of the country’s largest retail and grocery chains have suspended “hero pay” to essential workers, despite having a profitable 2020. Now cities and counties are trying to increase wages with local ordinances, but the businesses are fighting back. And in headlines: rescuers in India are working to find people after a Himalayan glacier disaster, inmates in a St. Louis prison call for better protections against COVID, and Facebook to remove vaccine misinfo. Show Links: "Local COVID-19 hazard pay mandates are doing what Congress and most corporations aren’t for essential workers" https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2021/01/27/local-covid-19-hazard-pay-mandates-are-doing-what-congress-and-most-corporations-arent-for-essential-workers/amp/ For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Coronavirus cases in the US are in decline from last month, and the daily speed of vaccinations has picked up. But concerns over variants continue. A new study supports the idea that the new, more contagious strain first discovered in the UK could become the dominant strain the US by March. Democrats are working to include expanded child tax credits in the Covid relief bill. The inclusion of a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour is in question, with Biden saying he’s not sure the rules of the Senate will allow it. And in headlines: Haiti faces a constitutional crisis surrounding its president’s term, SCOTUS rules that California can resume indoor church service, and Amazon uses AI to monitor its delivery drivers. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
MTG Get Off The Air

MTG Get Off The Air

2021-02-0520:424

The House voted to strip Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments for spreading conspiracy theories and endorsing violence against Democrats on social media.  President Biden announced that the United States will end its support of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen. A war that has helped create what the UN calls the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. We spoke to California Representative Ro Khanna about the decision, what led to it, and what it means for progressives and activists who want their voices heard on issues of US foreign policy. And in headlines: McKinsey to pay states nearly $600 million for its role in the opioid crisis, another voting tech company sues conspiracy-mongering Trump allies, and Trump won’t testify in his Senate impeachment trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Amazon faces its first unionization vote in the country in seven years next week in Bessemer, Alabama, and if the workers decide to unionize, it could spark waves of action across the country. We interviewed Christian Smalls, a former Amazon employee, who led a walkout last March at a warehouse in Staten Island and was subsequently fired. He told us about his experience, his thoughts on the union push in Alabama, and what's next for essential workers. And in headlines: Andrew Cuomo signs a bill to repeal the “walking while trans” ban in New York, Canada designates the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization, and country music’s Morgan Wallen gets dropped after using the n-word. Show Links: "Amazon to face first U.S. unionization vote in seven years next month" https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/01/15/amazon-union-alabama-vote/ The Congress Of Essential Workers https://tcoew.org/ Follow Christian Smalls on Twitter https://twitter.com/Shut_downAmazon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (97)

Lori C

A view that you are reaffirming by not seeing the forest from the trees. Can we give the Biden administration and democratic majority a chance? Happy to circle back about this a year from now, but the early fail calls are tiresome.

Feb 16th
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Kimberly Johnson

Akilah I am with you I'm pissed! Thank you for giving this a voice!

Jan 11th
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Colleen Anne

I’m so ready to delete Apple Maps.

Dec 16th
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Dana Pellegrino

I love when Akilah roasts people, especially Trump

Dec 14th
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Yama

I have never noticed how much the music contributes to this podcast.

Nov 3rd
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Meg Mo

oof, the absence of music was a bit chilling

Nov 3rd
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Richard Guthrie

oh God this is awful. They have 1 or 2 ok arguments but overall they're just Liberals with Socialist views. That is bad. don't listen to this trash. Trump2020

Oct 14th
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Kimberly Johnson

Yall are awesome! thank you so much!

Oct 8th
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Jennifer Ingram

So Trump hasn't resulted to injecting himelf with bleach? why not?

Oct 8th
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Susan Morrongiello

Jaime Harrison (and his grandmother) make me wanna move to South Carolina just to vote for him.

Oct 7th
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Lisa Rhea

Why did you say the name of the whistleblower? I am not sure if his name is out there I honestly don't know but it doesn't help to say it allowed because yes he is fearing for his life.

Sep 3rd
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David MacPherson

Thank you, I appreciate what y'all do everyday. Be well and much love.

Aug 25th
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J Eaton

Lol “mail is important.” 98% of the mail, at least today, are the valpaks. Not sure if it’s nationwide but it’s basically just a pack of coupons no one uses. Ok maybe a handful. But my day sorting letters is one basically wasted because most of the letter mail today is junk. People only want their parcels or if they happen to get an important piece of mail.

Aug 11th
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Jeff David

Dear everyone, The term "fuck-tard" or any invented word with the ending "-tard" (libtard, etc.) is a harmful renormalization of the word retard. Please don't put it in your vernacular.

Aug 5th
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Steven Wallin

Why not today why wait till next week?

Jul 16th
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Dana Pellegrino

I've had cats my whole life and they've always used the litter.... Some dogs too go to the bathroom inside the house. 😿 you guys just don't like cats

Jun 24th
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Lori Ann Commins

on the hotdog eating contest, I agree on the disgust level.

Jun 17th
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Lori C

Plus, the irony that owning the libs about Gone With the Wind means putting more money in jeff bezos pocket is funny.

Jun 12th
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Jacob Bruce

I agree for the most part, but I’m pretty sure that white lady was served appropriate justice. Obviously the system needs it’s own form of justice, but she’s received due consequence

May 28th
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Sean Eppler

Amazing monologue by Akilah

May 27th
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